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Buffalo Bills News - September 8, 2003

Marker Patriots save their worst for first [4:57 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'It may be possible for the New England Patriots to play worse than they did yesterday, but it would probably require extensive game planning toward that end.'

Marker Milloy feeling wanted [4:56 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I couldn't have come to a better place, the 29-year-old safety said. "I'm just going to come out here and fight hard for these guys. They have a lot of talent, they fight hard and they want me here."'

Marker Snuffed in Buffalo [4:55 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Their vaunted pass rush, which was so solid in the preseason, failed to apply much pressure on Bledsoe. They couldnít stop running back Travis Henry, who carried 28 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns, and their new-look secondary got exposed on numerous occasions -- most notably on a 49-yard bomb from Bledsoe to Eric Moulds that prompted cornerback Ty Law to chew out replacement Antwan Harris in front of 73,262 fans.'

Marker A day for Milloy to enjoy [4:54 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"After what I experienced in Boston, and then coming here and hearing my name get called, it was great," Milloy said. "This is football. This is what football is about. I was around fans who really appreciate football."'

Marker Faulk makes a case to be Patriotsí top running back [4:53 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'The win was sweet, but the best part, Spikes said, will be watching the nightly news without hearing people criticize his team. He came from the Cincinnati Bengals, who have long been the laughing stock of the NFL, so playing for a contender is a refreshing change. "This is the first time Iíll be able to go home and watch the NFL live on ESPN and not have to hear [sports commentator] Chris Berman kill us like he used to," Spikes said. "Iím recording it, too. Iíve got my VCR ready, TiVo and everything."'

Marker Adams and Retooled Bills Hit on All Cylinders [4:52 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Belichick did say that his team was "outplayed in every area" and by every Bills player. "They beat us every way they could beat us," Belichick said.'

Marker Limbaugh Blindsided By Impact of Lawyer [4:51 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"The Patriots are not flat," Limbaugh argued, downplaying the impact of Milloy playing against the Bills. "They're professionals. They're going to win today."'

Marker NFL to Look Into Allegation [4:50 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Peter King, who reported the story for, said he stands by his story.'

Marker Redskins Deny Making Offer To Bills' Milloy [4:49 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"I didn't speak to [agent Carl Poston] about [Milloy] before Tuesday," said Cerrato, who added he found out about the safety's release online Tuesday. "I didn't call him, and he didn't call me."'

Marker NFL to look into tampering report [4:48 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"We're aware of the situation, and we'll look into it," NFL spokesman Greg Aeillo said last night by telephone. However, a source who works in the league said it will be extremely difficult to prove any wrongdoing.'

Marker Redskins deny Milloy tampering [4:47 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"It didn't happen," said Vinny Cerrato, Redskins vice president of football operations.'

Marker Former Patriot has impact in win [4:46 AM]
ESPN reports: "It felt good, but more a positive kind of good, not a personal vendetta kind of good," Milloy said. "It didn't dawn on me until maybe the second series or so, and I thought, 'Hey, I'm on a good team.' The way things happened during the weeks, with the ups and the downs and all the stuff I had to think about, that hadn't occurred to me."

Marker Patriots offensive woes continue [4:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Part of the Bills' dominance was attributable to a refurbished defense that features four new veteran starters, all signed as free agents. But when the Patriots awaken on Monday morning and stare hard in the mirror, they'll find out they're behind enemy lines as well, because they continue to commit egregious errors.'

Marker The Bills Start The Season With A Huge Victory [4:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'What a start for the Bills.'

Marker Milloy, Bills form stellar defense [4:43 AM]
Yale Daily News reports: 'Nobody circles the off-season defensive acquisitions like the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Hoping for a meaningless season opener [4:42 AM]
Brown Daily Herald reports: 'It's difficult to win a game when your team gets outplayed, out-hustled and out-coached ó all of which, in the end, makes New England fans outraged.'

Marker Milloy makes immediate impact in Bills win [4:41 AM]
AP reports: '''I wish we could have picked his brain a little more but (the Patriots) didn't game plan with him,'' said linebacker Takeo Spikes, who had two interceptions in the win.'

Marker Henry runs all over Patriots [4:40 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"He's (Milloy) a Pro Bowler and he's a vet," said Bills defensive lineman Sam Adams. "I thank God that the New England Patriots let him go and we were able to pick him up because he's going to make us better. The more bullets you can have to shoot in your gun, the better."'

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes [4:39 AM] reports: '"We have some new Buffalo Bills from a lot of different places and they had a chance to experience the Buffalo crowd. We could tell it was going to be special when the fans started piling in here on Friday night and cranking up the party."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotes [4:38 AM] reports: '"Late in the game, obviously, they were disheartened as anybody would be because they weren't winning. They came out and they played with emotion. They have a lot of prideful guys over there, a lot of guys I know very well, that were a little bit stunned early in the week, but they came to play, they came and they were ready to go, but we just came out and we played very well."'

Marker Travis Henry Quotes [4:37 AM] reports: '"We got a taste of that, we all were waiting for this to happen. The defense played great and we had a chance to finish the game out. One drive, I think we ran the ball six or seven times in a row and just pounded the defense."'

Marker London Fletcher Quotes [4:36 AM] reports: '"I think we still have some improvements to make but you are always happy with a win. We thought it was going to be tough and the score really doesn't indicate how good of a football team New England is."'

Marker Eric Moulds Quotes [4:35 AM] reports: '"At times they did (seem confused). Sometimes when we used motion with Bobby (Shaw) or Josh (Reed) they got confused. Anytime you have a veteran back there, like (Lawyer) Milloy, he handles that situation and defuses it. They didn't have that guy to do that tonight and I think it hurt them a little bit."'

Marker Sam Adams Quotes [4:34 AM] reports: '"You have to do what you're supposed to do. They brought us here for a reason - to get better. If they aren't any better, then they made a mistake on us. God-willing, that's not the case. We worked hard together, gelled together, learnrd the defense. We came out and executed today and that was very important. Gregg (Williams) and the staff from top to bottom - from the administration to the coaches to the players - they all did a great job this offseason and now it's our job. When we step foot on the field on Sunday, we have to execute, make plays and win. Today was our first step."'

Marker So Much for "Professionalism" [4:33 AM] reports: 'Wasn't that the Bills team jumping around and slapping helmets during the pre-game while the Pats stood emotionless across the sidelines?'

Marker Milloy Gives Bills Emotional Lift [4:32 AM] reports: 'For the Patriots they must have been wondering how it was possible for a player who had been preparing for a game with them less than a week earlier could be standing across the field wearing their opponents uniform. While heíll never admit it, even Belichick must have been taken back watching Milloy make plays for another team.'

Marker A Shocking Start To The Season [4:31 AM] reports: 'The Patriots were out-muscled and pushed around the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.'

Marker Old Pats Exact Revenge Of The Sweetest Kind [4:30 AM] reports: 'Let there be no doubt about the real fallout from this game: Regardless of the emotional high Lawyer Milloy imparted on his new team, the Patriots were simply not ready to play football today. They could do nothing with a team which, not only they could have done something with, but which seemed to let up in the second half and give the Patriots a foot in the door before the Patriots pulled their foot away.'

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September 7, 2003

Marker Patriots drop opener, 31-0 [7:29 PM] reports: 'It couldn't have gone any worse if you were a New England Patriot or one of their fans.'

Marker Milloy denies report of alleged tampering [7:23 PM]
AP reports: '``I wasn't contacted by any other team before the Patriots cut me,'' Milloy said Sunday after he made his Buffalo Bills debut in a 31-0 victory over New England.'

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